Best and Worst Hot Dogs - do you eat hot dogs?

JoeBtfsplk 2012/06/10 17:12:16
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With lots of hot dogs out there, it should be easy to choose a relatively healthy one, right?

Not necessarily. Even "healthier" hot dogs may not be better for you, says Carolyn Brown, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Foodtrainers, in New York City. "It comes down to the quality of the meat, the processing, and the other added ingredients."

Brown recommends hot dogs with less than 150 calories and fewer than 14 grams of fat (with no more than 6 grams saturated). Sodium should not exceed 450 milligrams. Here's our list of the best—and worst—hot dogs.

1) Applegate Farms' the Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog meets and beats Brown's criteria, with 110 calories, 8 grams of fat (3 grams saturated), 7 grams of protein, and just 330 milligrams of sodium. It's also made from organic, grass-fed beef.

"Organic meat has never been given antibiotics or hormones, so it's always the way to go if you have the option," she says. "Grass-fed is even better; meat from a grass-fed animal doesn't have as much total or saturated fat as regular grain-fed."

2) Ball Park Franks lead the lineup in sodium, calories, and fat, with 550 milligrams of sodium, 190 calories, 16 grams of fat (7 saturated), and 9 grams of protein.

What's more, they're cured, meaning they have been treated with nitrates and nitrites, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration limits the nitrate and nitrite content of food products, including hot dogs, but there are tasty uncured dogs available.

3)If you like the idea of a low-cal, low-fat hot dog with plenty of protein, chicken dogs can be a great choice.

You won't find any mystery meat in Trader Joe's Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs—just boneless, skinless chicken breasts and thighs.

These dogs also contain flavorings like garlic, onion, and paprika. Each one has 60 calories, fewer than a medium-size apple. They've got 250 milligrams of sodium, 2.5 grams of fat, less than 1 gram of saturated fat, and 9 grams of protein.

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  • AndyBoy 2012/07/02 18:38:48
    more than once a week
    Nathan's for me. Or Sabrett's. Off the street stands, at home, anywhere, anytime.
  • relic 2012/06/10 21:52:57
    The Hot Dogs that taste good are the ones at the Ball Game. The rest lay there while everyone has a Burger instead.
  • Willie 2012/06/10 21:26:33
    I like a good hot dog, and I just don't read the ingredients and don't eat them too often. Sabrett's are the best, but I can't find them here in Phoenix, so I usually buy Nathans. Next best choice are Boar's Head or Hebrew National. Avoid Ball Park Franks and Oscar Meyer.

    Turkey and chicken dogs (or worse - tofu dogs) are not hot dogs.
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/06/10 21:17:27
    My husband, a Chicago native, just about had a cow. I am not sure you can label something "hotdog" if it's turkey, chicken or tofu. As for the best tasting, I like Nathans all beef Kosher dogs and my husband like Vienna Beef dogs which we have to get at a butcher shop a couple of towns over. I like mine plain, just mustard and my husband likes his with tomatoes, onion, pickle spear, celery salt, mustard and of course the ubiquitous sport pepper (A classic Chicago Style dog.) vienna beef hotdog
  • GoodEncounter 2012/06/10 20:59:53
    When I do eat hot-dogs I eat Hebrew National. hebrew national hot dogs
  • beach bum 2012/06/10 20:40:27
    beach bum
    occasionally with mustard
  • Vision of Verve 2012/06/10 20:04:01
  • Diana 2012/06/10 18:59:30
    I like Nathan's hot dogs.Jewish hot dog's are good.I have them maybe once a month.
  • Cal 2012/06/10 18:09:00
    I like hot dogs. No worries. One every once in awhile is fine.
  • kennypart1 2012/06/10 17:31:29
    maybe every couple of months I will have one
  • swivelhead 2012/06/10 17:29:45
    when I do it's from a butcher.....and if it's made from chicken, it's not a hot dog....
  • Lydecho Rain (Лидия) 2012/06/10 17:25:18
    Lydecho Rain (Лидия)
    I'm a vegetarian

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